Tourism Office Announces Fall 2019 Grant Recipients
BUCKS COUNTY, PA (December 18, 2019) – Visit Bucks County (VBC), the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County distributed $279,000 to 43 Bucks County non-profits at the Bucks County Visitor Center in Bensalem, PA.
The Visit Bucks County Tourism Grant program was established more than ten years ago to assist in the development and enhancement of not-for-profit tourism initiatives in Bucks County. The program is funded from a portion received from the Bucks County lodging tax assessed to visitors staying overnight in hotels, bed and breakfasts and home-shares.
Since the inception of the grant program, Visit Bucks County has distributed more than $4.6 million to 110 organizations. Grant funding is used for advertising, new exhibits, increased signage, restorations, website redesigns, marketing collateral and more.
Previous use of grant funds includes capital improvements such as the County Theater’s restoration and protection of its distinctive enamel-panel façade, iconic neon tower and marquee canopy as well as the painting and restoration of the historic Gambrel Roof House in Historic Fallsington.
The program has also assisted in funding the Bucks County Children’s Museum’s “Make Your Mark” Pin Wall Exhibit, where guests participate in tactile activities and an exploration of native Bucks County fossils. Additionally, grant dollars have supported marketing efforts for Michener Art Museum exhibitions, the Bucks County Community College Foundation’s Bucks County Plein Air Festival and the Bucks County Wine Trail’s marketing initiatives.
Beginning in 2020, one grant recipient each cycle will be recognized as the Charles H. Martin Grant Recipient, in recognition of Commissioner Martin’s commitment in starting and supporting the Bucks County Tourism Grant Program for nonprofits in the travel and hospitality industry.
Fall 2019 recipients are as follows:
Acting Naturally Inc.
ActorsNET of Bucks County
African American Museum of Bucks County
The Andalusia Foundation
AOY Art Center
The Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
Bristol Riverside Theatre
Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow
The Bucks County Children's Museum
The Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society
The Bucks County Wine Trail
Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce
Churchville Nature Center
The Conservatory of Music
Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce
Friends of Washington Crossing Park
Historic Fallsington Inc.
James A. Michener Art Museum
Johnsville Centrifuge and Science Museum
Lenape Chamber Ensemble
Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Museum
Bucks County Historical Society's Mercer Museum
New Hope Celebrates, Inc
Newtown Arts Company
Newtown Chamber Orchestra
Newtown Historic Association
The Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center
Pearl S. Buck International
The Pennsbury Society
Perkasie Towne Improvement Association
Raising the Bar
Snipes Farm and Education Center
TMA Bucks Foundation
TWIN RIVERTOWN PROJECTS, INC.
Village Improvement Association
Warminster Symphony Society
Applications for the next tourism grant are due on April 1, 2020. Details regarding the tourism grant application process can be found on Visit Bucks County’s website at VisitBucksCounty.com/Grants.
About Visit Bucks County:
Visit Bucks County (VBC) promotes travel to and within Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As the County’s officially-designated tourism marketing agency, VBC drives visitation, increases overnight stays and fuels the local economy by promoting all there is to see and do in Bucks County. VBC supports local businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry, including lodging, attractions, restaurants, retail, events and more. Annually, more than 8 million people visit Bucks County generating a billion dollars in economic impact.